Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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A superb small phone!
HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: Stefpye
HTC Wildfire S
Advantages: Quick, small, good call quality, fast Internet access
Disadvantages: Small keys make a few mistakes when texting, untidy call log
I ordered this phone on Tuesday when my contract became liable for an upgrade. Managed to get it packaged along with an xbox kinect and xbox 4gb for free. It's a phone I needed for work so I need a decent quality. This time around I was replacing an iPhone 3G and I have been contemplating whether I needed another smart phone or just a phone as I do much of my media work with my iPad.
The wildfire s is a smallish phone, about 3/4 of the size of the iPhone 3G and with all the smart phone apps I decided this would be a good introduction to android software. I have been very pleasantly surprised. The phone is quick to skip between screens and scrolling up and down through my contacts is nice and smooth.
The camera seems to produce a better picture than my iPhone and it certainly is not as laggy as I have found my iPhone since then last few updates. Android Market place doesn't have the same amount of apps as AppStore however theres still enough of a choice to have me scratching my head as to where to start with the apps.
The maps functions move quickly to my location and the directions are easy to follow. The messaging setup is good and the received messages stick on a wheel that is easily scrolled through to keep up with continuing conversations, the same applies to Facebook when you sync up the phone via HTC sense. A couple of usernames and passwords later the phone had went into my Facebook profile pulled out all my contacts and even allows me to skim through the photos I have saved there.
Where I do find I have a problem with the phone is when texting, the screen is just small enough that even when typing side on I still find that I mistype. This is one area I found the iPhone particularly superior, I rarely had texting problems at all with the iPhone. Another gripe is in the caller history page, rather than bundle up each call from the same number, they are left in chronological order on the page which quickly turns into a mess of numbers and icons.
Despite these small annoyances I really enjoy using this phone, it links quickly to my Bluetooth carphone and unlike the iPhone I can also play my music through my stereo via my USB port which is another thing I missed using my previous phone. Call quality is strong and the battery life seems superb, despite alot of calls I've still not dropped below 25% in a day.
Summary: Great phone, perfect for people with smaller fingers than me.